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Source Image: PR246_01_04 of Dacian Prisoner (Vatican Museums) of Vatican Museums: Statuary

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Description

Detail of Dacian prisoner in the Vatican Museums.

Monument
Vatican Museums: Statuary 
Monument Part
Dacian Prisoner (Vatican Museums) 
Monument Type
Statuary 
Material(s)
 
Date
post ad 106 - pre ad 112 
Keywords
Barbarian  
Collections
Vatican Museums, Rome  

Location

Original Location
Rome 
Current Location
Vatican Museums 

Evidence for working practices

1. Measuring point

Process
Measurement
Description
Measuring points can be seen on this part-finished statue of a Dacian prisoner. Exactly how these were used is unclear. They are probably not to be connected with the modern pointing machine but rather acted as references points for the carver to take measurements from during the carving process.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Rough shaping
Tool
Flat Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Medium
Description
Most of the front of the figure has been worked with the flat chisel.

3. Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Flat Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
Some more detailed work has been done on the fringe of the cloak with the flat chisel but no drilling has been begun.

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